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Jul 14, 2010 4:30am EDT
actually do more harm than good. today, the fda will make a decision on its future. it's 75 degrees. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "9 news" now. >> 13-year-old successfully completed his cross country bike ride. he left california june 5th and arrived in dc yesterday. his trip raised money for children's charity. the teen ander said he hopes to raise $500 thousand to be donated with children with serious illnesses. what a great cause. >> that is quite a a feat. >>> all right, how is the weather? i know a lot of rain washed away yesterday. >> yes, it did. it did a good job of watering our lawns, unfortunately, it came down very heavy at time. we had flash flood warnings. everything has been canceled. >> let's get to our next three days. i think it's all about the cloud cover today. it will keep temperatures down. we can clear some of the clouds late in the afternoon. otherwise, 85, 86, that's going to be your high, today and a stray shower. i'll show you when we can get that back in the forecast. back to warm, humid conditions. hot and humid thursday. friday, very hot, very st
CSPAN
Jul 21, 2010 7:00am EDT
. host: how does the fda test and then approve these drugs? guest: the companies will submit an application, if it is a chemical made for apologies, and it is generally a 10-month -- review -- if it is a chemical made for allergies, and it is generally a 10-month review process. it can be six months for drug the get priority review, diseases where there are not other treatments, generally. in the 10-month process, the fda looks at the data and goes to advisory panels, outside doctors and scientists who advise the agency to help them make recommendations about whether the product should be approved. host: and other four drugs are receiving tentative approval, which means what? guest: generic drugs, which is acceptable to the fda. there is not testing in people for generic drugs. there is just laboratory testing. they have to indicate that the chemical makeup of the product is the same. we are still waiting for litigation from the court to make sure that the generic drugs can go on the market legally. labeling revisions -- 27 so far this year. explain. guest: we have seen that
CBS
Jul 14, 2010 12:00pm EDT
'll have rain and not good lawn mowing weather. >>> and still to come, a weight loss drug that the fda will consider. it could help people lose 50% of their body weight. here are the stories we're following on the website at this hour. for more, go to wjz.com. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. all medicare supplement insurance plans can help pay... some of what medicare doesn't, so you could save... thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare... you should know about this card -- it's the only one of its kind endorsed by aarp; see if it's right for you. all medicare supplement plans let you keep your own doctor, or hospital that accepts medicare. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't pay... and save up to thousands of dollars in
NBC
Jul 13, 2010 4:00pm EDT
>>> in the next 24 hours fda advisers could vote to yank the diabetes drug avandia off the market. the panel members have their work cut. drug companies and the fda have come up with conflicting data about the safety of the drug. erica edwards has more on the meeting of the major test of the fda's ability to handle controversy. >> reporter: it is not typical for an fda commissioner to address a committee. food and drug administration untypical experience shows how serious the fda is taking this meeting. in 2007 avandia was given a black box warning after studies found it increased heart problems. a narrow vote from fda advisers kept it on the market. a new panel is reviewing and potentially going to pull the drug. coming to a conclusion depends on whose interpretation of the data they use. researchers with aand hava's maker glaxo smith kline says diabetes need treatment. independent researchers say the heart risks are too steep. >> continuing marketing cannot be medically or ethically justified. >> reporter: normally panel members have clear data to review from the fda before they make their
WETA
Jul 14, 2010 7:00pm EDT
to more than 20 experts who weighed in, and this instruction from f.d.a. commissioner dr. margaret hamburg. >> apply your sharpest scientific thinking and bring your best judgment to the questions facing the agency. >> reporter: avandia has been one of glaxosmithkline's blockbuster drugs used by millions of type-2 diabetes patients since 1999. but new questions on avandia's risks prompted the food and drug administration to re-examine the drug's safety. even f.d.a.'s own scientists came up with different analyses of a glaxo study designed to look at avandia's heart safety versus other drug treatments. dr. ellis unger a deputy director of drug evaluation said >> the analysis is reassuring, a favorable trend on mortality. >> reporter: dr. thomas marciniak works in the same f.d.a. office and gave a stinging review of avandia's safety trials. glaxo officials insisted their product is safe. dr. murray stewart vice president for drug research and development. >> overall, when used appropriately, rosiglitazone has a positive benefit/risk profile and should remain a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
CBS
Jul 12, 2010 6:30pm EDT
the f.d.a. is taking a second look. >> avandia is the worst drug safety catastrophe certainly in our lifetimes. >> couric: we take you back to haiti six months after the quake. what's changed? not nearly enough. and when life dealt her a bad hand, she quickly learned that nothing beats a full house. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. nearly 12 weeks after the deepwater horizon blew up in the gulf of mexico, the white house says we could be at a turning point for trying to get control of that runaway well. as people all over america kept their fingers crossed today, robots were putting a new cap in place. while it can't stop the leak, the hope is it will be able to funnel all the oil to containment ships. for now, the old cap is off and oil is gushing freely into the gulf and continuing to spread across the region. meanwhile, the interior department put out a less-stringent six-month moratorium on deep water drilling to replace the one struck down by the courts.
ABC
Jul 10, 2010 8:00am EDT
and benadryl on the store shelves. and the fda is considering the fate of a controversial diabetes drug taken by millions to control their blood sugar levels. dr. marie savard is here to tell you about avandia. >>> and to the city of the future. this is a fascinating look at a place that cost $30 billion to build. it takes inspiration from central park, venice, and even jack nicklaus golf courses. but the big thing is all of the innovations built into the walls of every, single home. why is it the biggest real estate gamble ever? we'll tell you coming up. >>> but we begin with day 82 of the oil crisis in the gulf. a navy blimp is now among the arsenal of tools trying to watch the slick and direct skimmers. and this morning, bp will attempt to put a tighter cap on the gushing well. if all goes well, it could soon finally stop the leak. we've heard that before, of course. steve osunsami is in buras, louisiana, with all the details. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning, bill. mother nature has given bp a magic window this morning. for the next several days, there's not a threat of a st
WETA
Jul 1, 2010 6:30pm EDT
know, as you know, october 22nd is an important date. that's the date that the fda hopes is targeted to complete their review of lorcastorin and we would like to have a timely launch and robust sales effort. and you have to give the selling entity sufficient time to prepare and to invest in all of those commercialization activities that are required. so there is a perfect time for them. >> tom: okay. this was about trying to get this thing to market then. let's take a look at the deal points for you. it's $50 million in your companies treasury right away. if the fda approves it, it is 90 million and more than a billion dollars in sales payment milestones. now jack, it is all this at risk for shareholders if the fda doesn't sign off on the drug in october? >> well, you know, certainly the 50 million is ours to keep regardless. the 90 million is dependent upon fda events. and we're confident that those events are going to be positive for us. but of course you never actually know for sure opinions a lot of an test-- analysts point to that regulatory uncertainty. cleaverly your drug is n
CBS
Jul 12, 2010 7:00pm EDT
fourchon, louisiana. mark, thank you. now turning to some important health news. tomorrow an f.d.a. panel will begin deciding what to do about the controversial diabetes drug avandia. more than half a million americans use it, but studied have linked it to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, even death. and as chief investigative correspondent armen keteyian tells us, somes have have been raising concerns about avandia for years. >> we started her on avandia four milligrams. >> reporter: for dr. mary money, the medical alarm first sounded in her hagerstown, maryland, office 11 years ago shortly after this country doctor first started prescribe ago new diabetes drug. >> avandia has helped keep my blood sugar down for about a year now. >> the first patient i put on the drug developed severe fluid retention, severe shortness of breath. >> reporter: a review of her files found more than half-- 20 of 33 patients on avandia-- had developed similar symptoms that could lead to heart failure. so dr. money stopped writing new prescriptions and started calling other doctors, expressing concer
CNN
Jul 13, 2010 6:00am EDT
the attacks. >>> a high-stakes hearing for the popular diabetes drug avandia. an fda panel could vote to pull this off the market. studies have linked avandia to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, even death. the drugmaker insists it is safe. we'll dig deeper on that one. >>> the "a.m. fix" blog is up and running. join the live conversation right now. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> but first let's get back to the big story this morning. and it is a good one if it works. a glimmer of hope for the gulf coast residents. we look now at live pictures of a new cap on top of the leaking well. and for the first time in 85 days, bp seems to be pretty confident now the oil you see spewing into the gulf can be obtained. we talked about it with admiral allen yesterday. first thing though this morning, bp will start testing the pressure of this well to make sure there are no leaks. >> during those tests the oil flow will decree as the valves on the cap are closed. the cap is still a temporary fix until relief drills are drilled into the blown-out well. ed lavendera is live in new orleans. if this cap wo
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2010 9:00am EDT
of a diabetes drug taken by millions of americans is going to be decided today. an fda advisory panel is looking into evidence that avandia increases the risk of heart attack and maybe be too dangerous to stun at market. nbc's tom costello has been following the story. tom it does seem as if all the evidence is pointing to the fda is going to yank this thing. >> if you read the body language and you listen very carefully to what all the fda panelists were asking of the expert witnesses yesterday, it certainly seems that they are very skeptical about glaxosmithkline's own studies which glaxosmithkline insists prove that avandia is safe. the evidence, as reviewed by the fda, according to the fda analysts, says the exact opposite, in fact there is a dramatic increase in heart attacks and stroke and also in death and the cleveland clinic's cardiologist, dr. stevens intoen, widely known and respected, did his own research and found 56 studies involving more than 35,000 patients there was a 28 to 39% increase in heart attacks. all this evidence is mounting now as glaxosmithkline has reportedly agreed
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2010 2:00pm EDT
happened minutes ago at an fda hearing. we are still awaiting, though, the fda's decision on the drug. it was once the most successful diabetes drug on the market until evidence showed the drug increased rates of heart attacks, strokes and even death. we'll have more from hearing. but now, colton harris-moore is being arraigned on a single count of transporting stolen goods across state lines. he still faces dozens of charges for alleged crimes in at least eight different states. nbc's peter alexander is following the developments for us from miami. peter, what's happening. >> he just walked out of the courtroom a few moments ago. we saw colton harris-moore inside. the judge asked him if he had hired an attorney, if he had one. he explained that he had one and then the judge said who is it? he said i not aware of who that is yet. i haven't met with him yet. he says he knows an attorney was hired because his mom hired one. the judge asked when was the last time you spoke to mom, he said one week ago. if you're confused, so was everybody else in the court. it appears clear, though, colt
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2010 3:00pm EDT
incredibites. another healthful, flavorful beneful. >>> an fda panel is set to rule soon on whether a popular diabetes drug should be paul puled off the market. they already ruled a short time ago that avandia does raise the risk of heart disease. avandia was tout as a great success until growing evidence showed a link to heart attacks, straek stroeks and even death. bob bazell is in gaithersburg, maryland, where the future of that drug is being decided. what are we hearing out of today's hearing? >> well, i'm not in gaithersb hg as you can see, i'm in washington bureau. but we're monitoring the hearing. if there's evidence that a drug causes increased heart risk, should it stay on the market, even though its sales have dropped because of marketplace by about 2/3. that's the question facing the panel. a lot of people are determining whether it indicates the fda is going to take a new direction, looking at drugs after they're on the market and if they do seem to have a problem to take them off. that's been one of the big criticisms of the fda in the past, is that they haven't done en
CNN
Jul 15, 2010 6:00am EDT
details on the safety of your child's crib. >> very important stuff. >>> an fda panel of medical experts recommends keeping the diabetes drug avandia on the market but with tighter controls. we'll take a look at that decision. and could the avandia controversy change the way the fda approves drugs and monitors their safety? the a.m. fix blog is up and running. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> back to our top story. another setback in the battle to save the gulf. all of the attempts to stop the oil leak have been halted now at this hour on the 87th day of this disaster. bp discovering a leak in the new cap it's using to try to kill the spill. >> that problem has to be fixed before integrity tests on the well can move forward. they are suspended indefinitely now. those tests are vital. they'll determine whether the gush willing could hold up under extreme pressure once the flow of soil stopped. >> david mattingly has been monitoring all the new developments with us this morning. he's live in new orleans. the hopes were so high this 75-ton cap just a few days ago would be able to finally stop the l
ABC
Jul 12, 2010 6:30pm EDT
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ABC
Jul 20, 2010 5:00pm PDT
or return them to the store. >> there the fda being urged to revoke it's approveal of the bug evastin found follow up studies failed to improve quality of life. and found significant risks to patients. and sales were near $6 billion. the fda will decide whether to take the panel's recommendations and we shall see. >>> a warning from consumer reports. a self pro claimed more natural alternative for nails could have unintended consequence autos yes. gel manicures supposedly don't chip easily but there are problems with it. >> there is nail gel, the latest thing and a finding shows some can carry risks many women get gel manicures because they look good for skbeekz feel natural. but some treatments include are critics containing chemical that's may be harmful. and just today after jane myer got what she was told was a gel manicure, she was in agony. >> and this went down my thumb, up my elbow, up to the arm. and i'm in pain, almost crying from the pain. >> the neurologyist who is also a medical consultant for consumer reports suspected chemicals in the manicure. >> i believe she had a gel mani
CBS
Jul 13, 2010 4:30am EDT
in the gulf. >>> safety questions. the fda considers pulling a controversial drug off the market. >>> and mel gibson tapes. another disturbing recording of the actor threatening his girlfriend. >> you need a [ bleep ] bat in the side of the head. how about that? >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, july 13th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, july 13th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. in the gulf of mexico this morning, apparent progress in the oil well disaster. bp has installed a new containment cap over the leaking well. this is a live picture from the bottom of the gulf. bp will begin testing the new cap today and if all goes as planned, it should stop the gushing oil. tara mergener is in washington with details. >> reporter: bp now has to make sure this cap is truly a good fit. if all goes as planned, all the oil can finally be trapped. bp engineers are ready to see if their new cap can stop the gushing oil. underwater robots successfully lowered the tight fitting cap over the broken well monday night. >>
ABC
Jul 14, 2010 11:00pm EDT
big changes will happen when you go to the doctor's office. jay korff explains. >> an fda advisory panel voted to keep avandia on the market despite potential health risks. some say the drug should have label warnings and new restrictions. a avandia has been praised as an effective diabetes drug. researchers say it comes with a horrible side effects, and higher heart attack risk. as a claim that glaxosmithkline denied during the wednesday hearings before an fda advisory panel. >> there is no evidence to suggest that the use of avandia increases the risk of heart attacks. >> one official called the glaxosmithkline-funded trial that deemed avandia safe flawed science. >> you cannot trust it. if we do, we are engaging in suspension of disbelief. >> health experts did not think the evidence was compelling enough to pull the medication. >> most physicians have probably stop describing it -- prescribing it. >> this doctor said it as a clinician with patients taking avandia, today's ruling only adds to the confusion. >> if it poses a risk, it is concerning we still have patients on a drug
CNN
Jul 17, 2010 6:00pm EDT
, the fda admitted it does not have adequate resources to prevent another heparin crisis and it doesn't have the ability to control the safety of imported pharmaceuticals and it doesn't have adequate authority to keep out unsafe drug shipm t shipments at the border. >> because of the risks it's a ticking time bomb. >> u.s. drug tractries are rig laosly inspected by the fda 37 but the same is not true in china where there are language barriers and lax quality standards. the record found from 2002 to 2006, an average of 15 of the 714 drug factories that shipped to the u.s. were actually inspected by the fda. and the ones that were, received advanced notice that inspectors were coming. >> they are challenging and expensive and ultimately, we need to do more of them and, in fact, the numbers are going up but not -- we're not going to be able to get to every plant every year. >> the fda is working on a system where countries like australia and those in the european union share inspection information. since they say it's impossible for one country to do it alone. the fda has added two regional of
ABC
Jul 10, 2010 7:00am EDT
is recalling more of its over-the-counter drugs. and the fda is raising questions about the safety of avandia, a diabetes drug taken by more than 2 million people. here to talk about these stories, dr. marie savard. i want to begin with avandia. there's been questions about whether it can lead to heart attacks, going back to 2007. why is the fda reopening this case now? >> that's true. so many people are taking this drug thinking they're lowering their risk for heart attack. the fda have not agreed on the safety issues. there's a lot of new data. there's been question of whether this most recent industry-sponsored study is not really interpreted correctly. >> we should note that heart failure has long been a recognized problem with avandia. the question is, is avandia a higher risk than other diabetes drugs? >> the heart failure and fluid retention has been known risks already. there's been 12 studies over the past 3 years that's shown there could be an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. we really need to look at this. and that's what the fda is doing this week. >> avandia
ABC
Jul 13, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, glaxo's smithkline, and the fda. shortly after the drug was introduced in 1998 -- 1999, researchers discovered the drug was dangerous to the heart but and some of publishing the results, the company cover them up for more than a decade. when the fda's researchers found a significant safety risks, an agency director argued to keep it on the market, citing conflicting research trade it was not until one cardiologists and his cleveland clinic research conducted their own studies that the risks were finally revealed. today, the doctor told an fda panel that keeping the drug on the market would be a huge national tragedy. >> it is more than $1 billion drug and it's going to go generic and become very inexpensive. if we do not take the drug off the market now, we will not be able to protect patients. this is a very serious problem. >> the panel is being asked to recommend whether it should stay on the market. >> apply your sharpest scientific thinking in bring your best judgment to the questions facing the agency. >> based on the results of a recent review, the drugs they may be sealed. i
NBC
Jul 10, 2010 6:00am EDT
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NBC
Jul 13, 2010 6:00pm EDT
be taken off the market? that is the question before the fda. >> flags are flying half mast at tonight's major league all-star space-bar game. local reaction to the death of yankees owner george steinbrenner. >> there is a flood watch in effect. we will track it all and check your 7 day forecast, coming up. it is 85 at the airport, 87 [ male announcer ] achin' for steak & bacon? try the subway steak & bacon melt. and build your better breakfast with the new steak and bacon muffin melt with, oh yeah, bacon. crank up the flavor at subway. >> the popular diabetes drug is at the center of a major controversy. today a panel held hearings on the drug known as avandia. >> some studies have shown that it could put patients at higher risk for heart problems. >> good evening. that hearing is still going on at this hour. it has been about 10 hours. today is the first of today's worth of hearings in which panelists review whether or not avandia should be pulled off the market. it was a packed house inside this fda meeting room as panel members convened a hearing on the diabetes drug avandia. >> ke
NBC
Jul 16, 2010 5:30am EDT
hopkins. >> the fda fails to approve a new obesity drug. new obesity drug. >> good morning. it is about 60 minutes before 6:00 a.m. you can see the skycam view. a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. not quite as warm when you get away from the deep urban areas of the city. we're in the 70's all over the place. we are between weather systems right now. there is one over the atlantic and there is a cool front out in the west into the ohio river valley and down toward arkansas. that will be coming in tonight and tomorrow. it will not change things much. it does not look like it will change the temperatures all that much. we will detail all that coming up and we will also talk about an earthquake coming up in just a few minutes. >> thank you. for the 20th straight year, johns hopkins has been dubbed the best overall hospital. it was namedops in five specialties including neurosurgery, gynecology, and rheumatology. a food and drug administration panel said a new diet drug should not be approved. they cannot get past potential safety risk. eric edwards has the story. >> it has been more than a de
CBS
Jul 14, 2010 5:30pm PDT
learned an f.d.a. panel has finally made its recommendation about the controversial diabetes drug avandia and that is that it remain on the market but with even greater restrictions. the decision was far from unanimous and as dr. jon lapook explains, the battle over this drug is not over yet. >> so the voting results... >> reporter: today's vote culminates years of debate over avandia's safety and still opinions are deeply divided among patients... >> please think about those of us that have flourished on avandia. >> reporter: ...and doctors. >> we still have increases in stroke, in heart failure. >> reporter: in the end, a majority of the committee voted avandia should remain an option for patients with diabetes. in the 33-member panel, 12 votes to pull the drug off the market, 20 voted to keep it on the market with most suggesting further restrictions. one abstained. >> i do not think the evidence was strong enough to suggest that the drug should be taken off the market. >> i think that it's pretty clear that the public would be best served by not having the drug available. >> reporter:
CBS
Jul 15, 2010 5:30pm PDT
to fail. f.d.a. health experts reject the first new prescription drug for weight loss in more than a decade, but there are more in the pipeline. and she's making baseball history-- she and her knuckleball. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it has to be the most beautiful sight we've seen the gulf of mexico in three long months. not a drop of oil coming out of that b.p. well for the first time since the rig exploded. but this is not the end of the crisis. now the waiting begins to see if the cap over the well can withstand the pressure of the gushing oil. and even if it does, this is not a permanent fix. that won't come until the relief wells are completed and the damaged well is plugged. but president obama called it a positive sign and when investors saw the gusher was gone, b.p.'s stock shot up, closing with a gain of more than 7.5%. mark strassmann is in houma, louisiana tonight. mark, we could almost hear the sigh of relief all the way up here. >> reporte
FOX
Jul 4, 2010 4:00am EDT
report lights up prices. the fda approves uses for -- use. and farmers keep one eye to the south. >>> u.s. farm report brought to you by chevy. >>> hello, and welcome to u.s. farm report. i'm john phipps. it's not like we couldn't see it coming. antibow yours truly, tubs and feed and rules for treatment. these changes are bitterly resented by many. especially by charger operators. it might be the slowly emerging power of ag policy. it just could be that the political clout of the large number of small farmers is getting some attention. here's al pell. >> thank you, john. the usda released the report based on 71,000 producers during the first two weeks of the month. u.s. farmers planted a record amount of soybeans this year. that exceeds last year's planted area by 1.5 million- acres, or roughly 2%. it's 750,000-acres higher than the march retention report. the agency says u.s. farmers have planted 87.9 million- acres. that's up from last year. iowa continues to lead the nation in corn acres. the biggest surprise of the report may be the corn stock. >> that was lot of focus on the acrea
CBS
Jul 13, 2010 4:00pm EDT
. >>> looking into whether a popular diabetes drug is safe for patients the fda started a hearing on avandia. the maker of the drug insists it's safe but a researcher disagrees. >> reporter: federal regulators want to know if the drug avandia can cause a heart attack. the fda opened a hearing into the matter tuesday morning. top executives used the scientific name for avandia to say it is safe. it should remain a treatment option for patients with diabetes. >> but they argue that the company is wrong >> i'm hoping to get the drug off of the market. >> this drug has harmed a lot of people, it's time to end it now. >> reporter: a panel of outside experts recommend a course of action to the fda. they could recommend anything from adding more warning labels to pulling it off of the market completely. the fda doesn't have to follow the panel's recommendations but it usually does >> follow the science wherever it leads and the rest will follow into place. >> but no matter what the government does, many patients have made their own decision. avandia sales are down since the reports have surfaced. >
ABC
Jul 11, 2010 6:00pm EDT
study that showed the drug is safe. but a new analysis by an fda scientist takes aim at that study, saying it was so bias, that, quote, we judge the results to be inaccurate. the scientist writes, one does not have to be a mathematician to conclude that numerous studies of the drug show it increases the risk of a heart attack. it's something this cardiologist has been arguing for years. do you think there should still be a disagreement about whether this drug could come off the market? >> if you can't find a more come peopling case than this for pulling a drug, i don't know what there are. >> reporter: and these hundreds of pages of documents released by the fda reveal more about the possible dangers. one reviewer looked at dozens of studies and concluded that avandia increases the risk of heart attack, stroke or death by 44%. but the agency is split. some fda scientists still contend there's not clear proof that avandia is undually risky. so the fda is asking its panel whether it thinks the drug should be pulled from the market. >> i think we all recognize this is something where,
FOX News
Jul 13, 2010 7:00pm EDT
it was never turned over to the f.d.a. and in 2001, a company executive sent the following email saying and i'm quoting this was done for the u.s. business. it was way under the radar. per senior management request, these data should not see the light of day to anyone outside of the gsk, they tried to hold back that evidence, shep, for the better part of a decade. >> shepard: it sounds like this could cost the company quite a lot, trace. >> it's going to cost a lot. we just spoke to the ranking peb member of the senate finance committee chuck grassley. he told us money is the major part of the deal here. listen. there is evidence that the companies were putting profit and income ahead of safety of the public at large. >> and here's what grassley means. in 2006, avandia's sales were $3 billion a year. but then in 2007, the f.d.a. came out with a warning saying that avandia may, in fact, lead to heart disease. they put a black box warning on the box. well, in 2009, look at the difference from 2006, the sales dropped to $1.2 billion. if this drug is kept on the market, the sales could drop even
MSNBC
Jul 15, 2010 9:00am EDT
and for the first time in more than a decade it might be a reality. abe fda panel weighing today on a new diet drug. bob bazell is on this story, and bob, all right. really? a diet pill. will it happen? this is the holy grail of the pharmaceutical industry, is it snot. >> reporter: certainly one of the holy grails. the drug called qnexa. it's got one of the ingredients that was a diet drug taken off the market ten years ago and no good diet drugs since then that was phen-fen and worked pretty well and caused severe heart problems. this one has -- one of the ingredients of the first phen but not the second f 0e fen. the tests submitted to the fda shows that people at the highest doses lost 10% of their body weight along with diet and exercise and didn't suffer adverse consequences but others say the side effects are sleeplessness and could be an unpleasant experience. of course, so many people that want to lose 10% or more of body weight that there's a huge demand for this. >> all right. staying on this fda news, yesterday they voted to keep this diabetes drug avandia on the market. that was a surpr
NBC
Jul 13, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, but is it safe? the fda will soon decide whether to take avandia off the market. >>> will it hold? testing is under way to see if a cap on the gulf gusher can stand the pressure and stop the spill. >>> colin jones is making a splash. how the olympic swimmer is sharing his story about a near drowning in hopes of saving others. >>> if you are planning to travel we have a story you won't want to miss. the top ten ways people waste money while on vacation. >>> you're watching news 4 at 5:00 in hd. [ music throughout ] [ male announcer ] looking for a complete picture of your money? meet pnc virtual wallet. it comes with a calendar that shows you all your finances at once. it lets you know when your money's going out. and when it's coming in. it even tells you when you're running low. we call that danger days. it's built to help you see your money in a whole new light. experience everything virtual wallet has to offer at pncvirtualwallet.com. pnc. for the achiever in us all. ♪ >>> a 19-year-old accused of stealing a metro bus with passengers says he is sorry. william jackson says he was bored
NBC
Jul 14, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. and the fda weighing in on the diabetes drug avandia. will it stay on the market? [ music throughout ] [ male announcer ] looking for a complete picture of your money? meet pnc virtual wallet. it comes with a calendar that shows you all your finances at once. it lets you know when your money's going out. and when it's coming in. it even tells you when you're running low. we call that danger days. it's built to help you see your money in a whole new light. experience everything virtual wallet has to offer at pncvirtualwallet.com. pnc. for the achiever in us all. ♪ >>> fast forward to the headlines. a man accused of raping a special needs metro access passenger passenger. he allegedly assaulted a 36-year-old woman after picked her up last thursday on a case from silver sfroing gath gaprin gaithersburg. >>> problems continue with the escalators. smoke was coming from one of the escalators. one of the escalators may not be fixed until the end of the month. >>> in the gulf, tests on that new containment cap will begin. later tonight, the government just gave the green light to resume. the test t
NBC
Jul 15, 2010 6:00pm EDT
year. >>> today the fda began the decision making process on whether to approve some new diet pills. the likes of which haven't been approved in more than a decade. a vote could decrease the chances that one of those drugs will ever make it to store shelves. erica edwards reports. >> the medication has serious adverse effects. >> reporter: it has been more than a decade since the fda last approved a weight loss drug and there is no twlelg the public will see one again. >> i think if we had had longer follow-up, i probably would have voted the other way. >> reporter: an fda panel of experts has voted tonight recommend the approval of the drug citing concerns over side effect like depression and birth defects. they pointed to a rocky history of weight loss drugs with severe complications like liver damage and heart problems them say they need to see more safety data before going forward with it. >> i'm equally concerned that the erosion of the public's trust every time we approve a drug and don't get it right. >> reporter: it is a combination of two appetite suppressants including one
CBS
Jul 13, 2010 5:00pm EDT
of avandia insists this is safe. joe brown joins us live where the fda is hold ago two-day hearing on the future. joel. >> this is a debate that is raged on for over three years. whether or not avandia is safe enough to be on store shelves. today, the popular diabetes drug effectively went on trial. >> people who take the drug, avandia could be more likely to have a heart attack. that's the conclusion of several studies. now the food and drug administration is looking at stopping the sale of the diabetes drug. top executives use the scientific name for avandia to say the drug is safe. >> often used properly, it has a benefit risk profile and should remain a treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes. >> dr. steven nissan argues the company is wrong. >> i'm really hoping we can get the drug off the market. >> he's a researcher who analyzed studies between heart problems and avandia. >> time to end it now. >> at end of this meeting, the panel of outside experts will recommend a course of action to the fda. they could recommend anything from adding more warning labels,
NBC
Jul 13, 2010 4:30am EDT
in an accident. be cautious heading out this morning. >>> 4:42 is our time. critical vote today. the fda is taking up whether a popular drug should be pulled off the market. >>> a local teen among knows injured in the terror attack in uganda. >>> police reaching across cultural boundaries >>> the d.c. council is expected to vote today to allow a stit-run non-profit to operate the united medical center. they seized control on friday after the privately-run facility failed to make payments on its debts. it is the only full service hospital in the district east of the anacost ia river. >>> facing charges for inappropriately touching a 17-year-old girl at the fire house. the victim says steven tyler perry carried her into a shower stall and tried to groeb her back in may. she told investigators it happened after she refused to take part in a game that a group of firefighters was playing. nine other volunteer firefighters have been terminated as a result of the investigation. >>> metro officials are increasing security days after a 19-year-old posing as a bus driver walked on the hot and drov
CNN
Jul 14, 2010 11:00am EDT
to capture all of the crude spewing from the busted well head. >>> other top stories -- an fda panel may vote today on whether to recommend taking avandia off the market. studies link the drug to heart attack and stroke. the drug's manufacturer says trials show it is safe. critics say those trials are flawed. >> the data are fragile, and the question is whose fault is that? we have a drug that's been on the market for 11 years. the company has had every opportunity to do large outcome trials adequately powered and properly run to answer this question. they didn't do it. >>> and broadcasters notch a legal win over the fcc. a federal appeals court says the fcc's indecency policy is too vague and chills the right to free speech. broofrters faced fines for fleeting expletives. >>> new investigations into the toyota sticking accelerators. they found throttles wide open on impact, the brake not engouged. that suggests that drivers were hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake. there is not a single instance confirmed of electronic failed control. >> a couple of weeks ago, the department of transp
ABC
Jul 15, 2010 3:05am EDT
virginia. he has suffered five heart attacks, the first when he was just 37. >>> an fda panel of experts recommends keeping the risky diabetes drug avandia on the market. but it says avandia should be sold with new limits on who can take it. studies have linked the drug to an increased risk of both heart attacks and strokes. but the drug's maker says that's not true. >> there is no evidence to suggest the use increased the risk of cardiovascular morbidity. >> in making this plea to keep avandia on the market, i believe i am pleading for my life. >> glaxo, the drugmaker, is accused of not disclosing potential risks when they were discovered. now it's up to the full fda to make a final decision about the medicine. >>> moving on to weather, here is your thursday forecast. another day of severe storms in the midwest. gusty winds, large hail and a chance of tornados from st. louis to detroit. thunderstorms for the coastal carolinas, georgia and much of florida. heat advisories from illinois down to texas. >> and 90s in dallas, new orleans, and across much of the nation's midsection. 80s in bo
MSNBC
Jul 15, 2010 2:00pm EDT
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NBC
Jul 10, 2010 9:00am EDT
dahlgren, nbc news, washington. >>> it's the 9:10. why the fda is thinking about taking a popular drug off the market. changing the world one hug at a time. why thousands of people are flocking to alexandria for one woman's embrace. and chuck says we can expect a break from these high temperatures. he'll tell us how long it will last coming up. >>> federal officials are now reviewing a deadly shooting in oakland, california that involved an unarmed black man and a white transit police officer. on thursday a jury convicted johannes mehserle of involuntary manslaughter for shooting and killing oscar grant on a train platform last year. that verdict angered a lot of people who wanted a murder conviction. dozens were arrested for rioting. the justice department will see if it warrants federal prosecution. >>> the faa will tell airlines to now check the cockpits of their boeing aircraft for a loose screw that's causing cockpit fires. the crew chased power lines in the cockpit window heaters. over time the chafing led to inflight fires, smoke, open streams of electricity and shattered wind shiel
NBC
Jul 16, 2010 5:00pm PDT
by the fda. >>> and the certain bsf o dog that could be most in danger during flight. >>> the department of transportation has found that short-snouted breeds accounted for close to half of the purebred dog deaths on airlines in the past five years, at least 1 22 dogs have died on planes within 25 were english bulldogs, pugs, golden retrieve trooefrs and labs. experts say short-snout breesd have a harder time because they have a difficult time inhaling. owners should always talk with their vets before they put their dogs on planes. >> effectiveness of the drug to shrink breast cancer tumors in doubt. the fda approved avistan in 2008. today they released information that said breast cancer patients that took this and received key mo did not survive any longer than those using other drugs but suffered significant site effects. next week, they will review the results and could remove this drug for breast cancer treatment. >>> could excess weight and poor memory be linked in women? that's the finding of a new northwestern university study. for every point an older woman's body mass index inc
NBC
Jul 7, 2010 11:00pm EDT
was supported by consumer reports. the fda is looking for your input on a new law requiring restaurants, bending machines, coffee shops and bakeries to list calories information on menus, similar to the nutritional information on grocery store products. they are looking for comments and suggestions on the best way to implement the new law. if you would like to share your thoughts, just head to our website, wbaltv.com. speaking of those labels, changes are coming to sunscreen labels, but it will not take effect until the fall. donna hamilton found out what you need to know right now. >> slather on the sunscreen, but how not -- how do you know how well it is blocking the sun's harmful rays? experts say an spf of at least 30 is good, but that only tells how the story. >> the spf only tells you what the uvb protection is. >> uva ray penetrates deep into the skin and also cause age spots and wrinkles. indeed broad spectrum protection, blocking both uva and uvb rays. apparently the labels tell us nothing about how much of the uva rays are blocked. that should change in october when the fda is expected
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